These past few months, actor Ben Affleck has been very forthcoming and candid while revisiting his past experiences, whether it is his divorce with Jennifer Garner or frankly speaking about his first time doing a period film, The Last Duel, which is due to release next year. The film will see Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reunite on the silver screen after a period of more than 20 years after coming together as Will and Chuckie in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
Scheduled for a late 2021 release, The Last Duel is being promoted as a period drama, set in 1386, starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon along with Jodie Comer and Adam Driver. The movie will see Ben Affleck as King Charles VI, Adam Driver as Jacques Le Gris, and Matt Damon in the role of Jean de Carrouges. The latter play 14th-century knights who get into the last officially sanctioned duel to the death after Jean de Carrouges returns from war and discovered that his wife has been sexually assaulted by Le Gris. When everyone questions the authenticity of Carrouges’ wife’s claims, King Charles decides that the matter will be solved by a duel.
The Last Duel is based on author Eric Jager’s book, The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat. The film was earlier scheduled to release by December 2020 or have an early 2021 opening. But after the pandemic struck, the production was delayed indefinitely and only resumed in late September 2020 and wrapped up in October.
While the film is directed by Ridley Scott, its screenplay is being written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, with help from screenwriter Nicole Holofcener. But it wasn’t the writing part that scared Affleck but the prospect of starring in his first-period drama!
Affleck told Entertainment Tonight he was “a little nervous” about beginning to shoot for The Last Duel as it is completely outside his comfort zone and contrary to the type of films his resume is bursting with. The actor is majorly known for thrillers like Gone Girl and starring in superhero flicks like Daredevil and appearing as Batman in Justice League. But his role in The Last Duel is completely different from what he is used to.
“Because I have never done Medieval! It’s 1386, so it is like armor and swords and stuff like that,” he explained.
What boasted his confidence was the fact that he was reuniting with Damon– their last outing of writing a screenplay (for Good Will Hunting) earned them an Oscar– with whom writing The Last Duel had been a “real pleasure.”
“[Matt and I] kept saying, ‘Why have we not done this more often?’ We just got lucky that our schedules kind of intersected so that we had some free time to share. We got Ridley Scott directing it. And Jodie Comer’s in the movie, so that’s very exciting, and Adam [Driver],” he added.